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- the abdomen, or belly; esp., a large, protruding belly; potbelly
Origin: Middle English paunche from Middle French panche from Classical Latin pantex (gen. panticis), belly from Indo-European base an unverified form pank-, to swell from source Russian puk, a bundle
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- The belly, especially a protruding one; a potbelly.
- See rumen.
Origin: Middle English paunche, from Old French panche, from Latin pantex.
paunch - Medical Definition